IUSD Hispanic Heritage Month with Festival on Sept 17
IT Staff Report
The City of Inglewood and Inglewood Unified School District will collaborate on hosting National Voter Registration Day in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Festival Sept. 17 from 12pm-7pm in downtown Inglewood.
Inglewood City Clerk Aisha will be the host of national Voter Registration Day, while County Administrator Dr. Erika Torres will host Hispanic Heritage Month, transforming downtown into a collective celebration.
Inglewood Unified School District will offer food and a bevy of activities such as IReady interactive learning, music, paint & sip, book give aways, door prizes and much more at the Miracle Theater Event Space located at 230/234 Market Street from 12-noon-5p.m.
National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 4.7 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
Celebrated every September, National Voter Registration Day involves volunteers and organizations from all over the country hitting the streets in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.
According to U.S. Census data from 2020, as many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote. Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.
The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), of which Thompson is a member, the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center). For more information, see our 2022 National Voter Registration Day Partner Guide or download our National Voter Registration Day Holiday Slide Deck.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. is scheduled to be joined by fellow city council members, Inglewood Unified School District, a kids corner, food trucks will be on hand to commemorate these two historical occasions.